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​​March Break Camp

COVID-19 Protocols for Parents/Guardians

In consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), the following protocols and procedures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all campers and staff. LSRCA reserves the right to modify protocols and procedures based on SMDHU directives and changing situations.

If you think you might be sick:​

Families are encouraged to use the screening tool from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and follow the recommendations for isolation and testing as necessary.

How are we helping keep you safe?

During Drop-Off:

  • Families will be required to physically distance from one another during camper drop-off, to ensure minimal contact. 
  • All families (campers and parents/guardians) will be required to answer our pre-screening questions during drop-off for each day visiting the Nature Centre.
  • Parents or Guardians will sign-in their child outside of the Nature Centre. A staff member will meet you at the front doors. Only campers will be permitted to enter the building.
  • Each camper will be required to sanitize their hands at a designated sanitization station upon entering the Nature Centre.​​

During Programming:

Inside the Nature Centre

  • March Break Camp program will have exclusive use of the Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek.
  • Masks are always required indoors for all campers and staff. Any camper who arrives without a mask will not be permitted in the building.
  • Campers should bring at least one extra mask with them each day to camp, that way they have spare to use if they lose one or it gets dirty.
  • Campers will be provided with their own bin of sanitized equipment to use during free time. They will be required to keep their bin and materials separate from other campers to prevent cross contamination.
  • Shared objects and materials during program time will be limited, and if shared, they will be sanitized between uses with isopropyl alcohol or another approved disinfectant. Books, puzzles, plush toys etc. will not be used because they can't be sanitized effectively.
  • Lunch and snack time will be held indoors at the Nature Centre. Campers will be spaced out a minimum of 2m apart, and while they are in their designated lunch space, they may remove their mask to eat only. Once they have finished eating, they will reapply their mask and wash their hands.
  • All components brought for lunch and/or snack must go home with campers (e.g. wrappers, food waste).
  • No water fountain is available. Campers must bring a refillable water bottle.


  • We aim to spend most of our camp program time outdoors. When outdoors, campers will be spaced out a minimum of 2m apart. 
  • ​Campers are strongly recommended to wear masks outside at all times.
  • If physical distancing is not possible when outdoors, everyone will be required to wear a mask outside.
  • Campers should come prepared with all the clothing and gear they need to be comfortable outside. Please minimize personal belongings and only bring what is absolutely necessary to be prepared for camp. Due to COVID-19, we cannot lend extra gear or clothing to campers. Please ensure your child is prepared for the weather.

Other Program Protocols

  • Hand washing will be required frequently at designated times throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available.
  • Washrooms will be available to campers, and they will be sanitized frequently throughout the day.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized a minimum of twice daily, including but not limited to doorknobs, table tops and toilet handles.
  • Staff to camper ratios will remain at 1:10 to ensure the safety of all.
  • If campers do not follow COVID-19 protocols, a parent/guardian will be called, and the camper will be removed from our March Break Camp program.

During Pick-up:

  • Parents/authorized individuals should wait outside the doors at the Nature Centre, and at 3:50pm campers will be signed out by the March Break Camp staff and released to authorized individuals.​
    • Government Issued identification may be required for verification purposes before a camper is released to a parent or authorized individual.
    • If someone other than the authorized individuals identified during registration will be picking up your child, please notify the March Break Camp Staff at drop-off.
  • Campers will be required to sanitize their hands before they are released to their parent or guardian using the sanitization station provided.
  • Families will be required to socially distance from one another during camper pick-up, to ensure minimal contact.

If a child is suspected of illness (any illness whether COVID-19 related or otherwise):

  • The child will be isolated, and parents or guardians will be contacted to organize pick-up as soon as possible. The child will be excluded from programming and asked to be tested.
    • If the camper will not be tested, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be consulted around exclusion of the child from future sessions and the notification of other campers.
    • If testing is done and the child has a negative result, they may return to programming when they are 24 hours symptom free.

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19:

Our staff will notify the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and follow all necessary protocols and procedures regarding notification of campers, testing, and self-isolation as directed by the Medical Officer of Health.​